www.IndianMiniaturePaintings.co.uk - Indian miniature painting: Folio from a Bhagavata Purana manuscript: rishi Durvasa, King Ambarisha, Vishnu's sudarshan chakra (a weapon used to destroy enemies) hovering between them as nearby the devi Ganga wades through the waters. Marwar, 19th century. Opaque watercolour with silver and gold on wasli. on paper17.8 x 38.2cm

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Folio from a Bhagavata Purana manuscript: rishi Durvasa, King Ambarisha, Vishnu's sudarshan chakra (a weapon used to destroy enemies) hovering between them as nearby the devi Ganga wades through the waters. Marwar, circa mid-19th century. Opaque watercolour with silver and gold on wasli. on paper. 17.8 x 38.2cm

From an episode about the ill-tempered but mighty sage Durvasa who after his ill-treatment of the pious king is threatened with punishment by Vishnu's chakra which pursues him in a deadly chase. In fear for his life the sage begs the forgiveness of the king and so is saved.

I would like to express my gratitude to Tarun Pant for kindly translating the text and Narmada Upadhaya for identifying regional elements in the series.

Ref: 000332

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